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House tour: My parents’ home in Mangalore

I am just back from a long visit to Mangalore, where Bernard and I have our roots. Mangalore boasts of an interesting architectural blend of the old and the new. Old colonial houses stand proud and stately alongside high rise apartments and commercial complexes. The colonial influence is evident everywhere. […]

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Window frame from Trash to Treasure

Here is a wonderful makeover idea from an American children’s clothes designer, Gretchen Schock-Skovron. Gretchen always had this great idea of using an old window frame as part of her interior decor. When she finally saw one going free, she wasted no time taking it home. This is what it […]

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Pretty potpourri X’mas pouches

Make beautiful potpourri pouches for your X’mas trees. They will not only look interesting, but will smell good too! Many thanks to Cristina and her niece Inês who have worked really hard putting this tutorial together for us. To make these beautiful potpourri pouches you will need: – 2 pieces […]

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Festive Art: Candle decor for X’mas

First off, the Mumbai terrorist attacks have saddened all us Indians and I am sure all you readers from across the globe too. It was such a gloomy day watching the news networks, and I almost didn’t feel like posting this one. On to the post. Here’s a great way […]

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Using flowers in your ethnic decor..

Flowers brighten up even the dullest corners. But there’s a wee bit more you can do. Combine flowers with your ethnic ware – pots, statues, artifacts and crafts – and the effect is unbelievably stunning! Like so. Chandan Dubey Kaberi Kar Gupta Chandan Dubey Chandan Dubey Chandan Dubey Chandan Dubey […]

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Eco-friendly VivaTerra

Despite knowing the value of using eco-friendly products, we often don’t end up buying them either because they are highly priced, lack aesthetics, or sometimes, because they are simply ‘different’. So, I felt rather serendipitous when I chanced upon Vivaterra.com, an eco products site that blends great colors, designs and […]

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Art Easel: Paintings by Swapna Malvade

When I visited a friend’s home recently I saw a beautiful painting of a tribal woman. I found out that the artist was Pune-based Swapna Malvade. I tracked her down, and left her apartment in Kothrud rather impressed by her work. Growing up in a small village in Maharashta, Swapna […]